Category Archives: Toddler

Get Your Kids into Brushing Teeth with Twooth Timer

My son has always been into brushing his teeth. He hasn’t always been the most efficient, but he has at least always ran to the sink when I’ve said it is time to brush his teeth. I remember his dentist saying that I should do it for him til he was at least 2 and continue to monitor him til he was at least 3. It didn’t take long for him to get the hang of brushing his teeth – brush the top, the bottom, on the inside and his tongue. But what seems hard for him to grasp is just how long he should brush. I can understand that for him 2 minutes seems like an eternity when he has so many fun and important things to do!

The Twooth Timer is an inventive timer that kids turn on themselves and that will time the 2 minutes for them. Shaped like a twooth, you screw the top part and the timer starts. At about 20 seconds left, the timer sounds letting you know to finish up! The timer gets my son giving his teeth a final scrub everywhere, making sure he hasn’t missed anywhere. He now proclaims that he has done a “good job” because he feels assured that he has brushed as much as he was supposed to, for as long as he was supposed to. And for me I feel good knowing that he has brushed the dentist recommended amount of time.

The Twooth Timer is easy to use, requires NO batteries to operate and helps improve your child’s dental hygiene habits overall.

Introducing the Versatile Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40

I was lucky enough to work with The SITS Girls and Graco this past weekend on a launch event at Babies R Us in Union Square. I was assisting for this event, so it was an added bonus to also have Graco Brand Specialist Denise on hand who was able to walk me through the many unique features of the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40.

Because they have made their newest car seat not only versatile, but easy to use, she was able to walk me through some of the finer points in no time. I was then able to dazzle a few bloggers and moms-to-be who wandered by for the event with my knowledge.

Making Birthdays About Giving not Just Receiving

Mr P turned 5 this past week and it was an exciting time for our entire family. This little boy has been talking about his birthday and Christmas since Christmas 2011. The thought of cake, icing and toys has most little children buzzing. It has been a big year for him with all the moving, starting at a new preschool and just recently new kindergarten and going from being an only child to a big brother.He’s taken it all in stride and Mr BAM and I had to keep our urge under control to spoil him rotten for being so wonderful and accepting of all the change along the way. Normally his birthdays are pretty moderate affair, for instance this year their was no school on his birthday (no school on Yom Kippur in New York) so it was hard to organize a party while others were fasting.

It’s never too early to introduce the concept of being thankful to a child, so though Mr P got all the regular birthday trimmings – including a Toy Story cake! I also tried to share some concepts with him to make his birthday not just about receiving, but also about giving and being thankful.

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Boy Turns 5!

My sweet sweet first born turns 5 today! Happy Birthday Preston! His Toy Story collection is multiplying.

How do you help your child(ren) feel comfortable with a new sitter, daycare, or childcare provider? What are some things you can do to make the transition easier for your child(ren)?

Ghada: I’ve changed daycare with my nearly 5 year old 3 times now and each time it gets a little easier as he gets a little older. But the one thing that I have found to work best is if you can slowly transition your kids in. On the first day go with them for an hour, then the second day go for an hour and then leave them for an hour etc…See what works best for you. Of course, I found I only needed to do this when he was 2 and 3. His first daycare experience when he was 1, I thought he’d never settle – some days he cried, some days he didn’t but it gets better, even if it is only slowly.When he switched to a new place when he was 4, I stayed for 15 minutes and then left. The first 3 days or so, he was a bit standoffish from the others and had a little cry, but with age his coping mechanisms have gotten better and he adjusts quicker. I’m a bit queasy thinking about him starting kindergarten in a couple os weeks but I know it will be fine.

Also, make sure to ask the teachers for their help or thoughts on what you should be doing (like not sneaking away, always make sure to say ‘bye’ and tell them you’ll be back for them soon). Teachers are your beast allies :)

Ashley: My son is 16 months and headed to day care for the first time this week! He’s always been watched by a relative, nanny, or SAHM. I look forward to reading what the other moms have to say about this topic. We visited last week and I let him play there for a bit while I chatted with the provider.

Mommy Mindset: Capturing Baby’s Firsts

Have you made a conscious effort to capture your baby’s firsts (steps, laughs, etc…)? If you have/do, how do you do so? It is definitely tough to keep on top of, especially with multiple kids. Let’s hear what these mamas have to say

Ashley: I totally planned on doing one! I had one growing up and it was to take it out and look at it every so often. However, I’ve been horrible about putting anything together. Luckily for my son’s first birthday, my sister (who knows me too well) gave us a baby book she had started for him since she know I hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m so glad she did! However, I’ve been bad about updating it :(

Emily: I’m horrible about this, too. I purchased something that was called “All About Me” – it was the size of a recipe card box and contained index cards that you were supposed to fill out for various milestones. I’m embarrassed to say that I never used it. All of my son’s milestones are written in my planner. I recently discovered Project Life, and plan to make one for his first three years. I hope to stay more on top of it going forward.

I also have a letter sized tote box that contains folders with all of the art projects that we do. That makes me feel a little better about slacking in the “baby book” department.